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January 20, 2016

Children are normally asked what they want to be when they grow up. Most would probably readily answer with a profession -- a lawyer, a doctor, an accountant -- or with a high-paying position of employment, preferably in a multinational or fairly large domestic company. Not too many, I submit, will reply that he or she wants to be an entrepreneur. This fact of young life is recognized by law.... Read More

January 13, 2016

The National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 (“Tax Code”) provides a myriad of remedies -- either civil or judicial, which the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) can choose from to collect taxes from taxpayers. Among these civil remedies is a tax lien on all the taxpayer’s properties, which is automatically created, by operation of law, in favor of the State, from the time the tax becomes due and... Read More

December 23, 2015

As Filipinos become more technologically-savvy, local entrepreneurs find themselves using the Internet to market and boost the sale of products. Since Christmas is fast approaching, more and more people sell products online, taking advantage of the hype and success of social media platforms like Facebook. All of a sudden, our Facebook newsfeed is flooded with numerous choices of goods, such as... Read More

December 02, 2015

At the wake of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, which the Philippines hosted this year, social media and the news were abuzz with the plight of a prominent lawyer and his family, who were stranded in a foreign country due to their inbound flight to Manila being canceled as Manila was declared as a no-fly zone. In the lawyer’s statement posted on his social media account, the... Read More

November 25, 2015

As most of us are aware, Philippine labor laws are tilted heavily in favor of labor. In fact, the Labor Code itself expressly provides that all doubts in the interpretation and implementation of labor laws shall be resolved in favor of labor. With the issuance of Department Order (DO) 147-15, the battle just became harder for management. As every human resources practitioner knows,... Read More

November 04, 2015

In the midst of the 2013 elections, a tarpaulin was posted within the front walls of a cathedral in Bacolod City. The tarpaulin, measuring approximately 6 feet x 10 feet, had the words “Team Patay (Dead)” with an X mark, and “Team Buhay (Alive)” with a ? mark. Certain electoral candidates were then classified to either Team Patay or Team Buhay, depending on their vote on the Reproductive Health... Read More

October 28, 2015

We are currently observing the Intellectual Property Awareness month and I thought it fitting to share my participation in the fairly recent academic conference called “The Sixth Conference on European and Asian Intellectual Property Rights: Exploring Sensible Mechanisms of Paying for Copyright,” at the Academica Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan this year.   I was privileged to participate in the... Read More

October 21, 2015

With the goal of promoting transparency and ensuring accountability among companies, businesses are enjoined under the Corporation Code to keep books and records of all their business transactions and to file annual reports and audited financial statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Any corporation who fails to submit these reportorial requirements runs the risk of being... Read More

October 14, 2015

The 2013 National Conference for the Revision of the Rules of Civil Procedure (Conference) reports that many of our courts handle 1,000 or more cases, hearing only about 30 to 60 cases a day. According to the Conference, however, litigation delays can be attributed not only to the sheer number of cases clogging our court dockets, but also primarily due to “our slow and cumbersome system for... Read More

October 07, 2015

Privacy is the right to be let alone. As an inherent concept of liberty, it includes our right to go about our lives unobserved, and to express or disclose information about ourselves only as we please. In today’s so-called digital information age, the concept of privacy has shifted, and the disclosure of personal information has increasingly become part of everyday life.   Whether... Read More